ICED EARTH — Days of Purgatory

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Boxset / Compilation · 1997

Filed under US Power Metal
By ICED EARTH

Tracklist

Single CD version:

1. Enter the Realm (0:54)
2. Colors (5:04)
3. Angels Holocaust (5:45)
4. Stormrider (3:55)
5. Winter Nights (3:55)
6. Nightmares (3:28)
7. Pure Evil (6:18)
8. Solitude (1:44)
9. When the Night Falls (7:49)
10. Desert Rain (6:37)
11. The Funeral (6:16)
12. Cast in Stone (5:59)
13. Reaching the End (1:10)
14. Travel in Stygian (9:28)
15. Iced Earth (5:30)

Total Time: 73:58

Double CD version:

Disc 1:
1. Enter the Realm (0:54)
2. Colors (5:04)
3. Angels Holocaust (5:45)
4. Stormrider (3:55)
5. Winter Nights (3:55)
6. Nightmares (3:28)
7. Before the Vision (1:23)
8. Pure Evil (6:18)
9. Solitude (1:44)
10. The Funeral (6:16)
11. When the Night Falls (7:50)

Disc 2:
1. Burnt Offerings (7:23)
2. Cast in Stone (6:00)
3. Desert Rain (6:38)
4. Brainwashed (5:22)
5. Life and Death (6:07)
6. Creator Failure (6:05)
7. Reaching the End (1:10)
8. Travel in Stygian (9:27)
9. Dante's Inferno (16:19)
10. Iced Earth (5:29)

Total Time: 01:56:41

Line-up/Musicians

- Jon Schaffer / guitar, vocals
- Matthew Barlow / vocals
- Randall Shawver / guitar
- Brent Smedley / drums
- James MacDonough / bass guitar
- Dave Abell / bass guitar
- Mike McGill / drums
- Richey Secchiari / drums
- Rodney Beasley / drums

with

- Howard Helm / keyboards
- Kent Smith / keyboards

About this release

Released by Century Media.

There are two versions of this album, a single CD and a double CD. Both track lists are shown.

Thanks to adg211288 for the updates

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martindavey87
'Days of Purgatory' is a two-disc compilation of Iced Earth songs remixed and rerecorded with then current vocalist Matt Barlow. At the time, it was intended as somewhat of a greatest hits album, with the goal being to give new fans a taste of the bands older material, while giving older fans "improved" versions of classic songs.

As a whole however, I find this album pretty pointless, and continues a downhill trend the band had been on over the last couple of years. While their first two albums, 'Iced Earth' and 'Night of the Stormrider' are absolute classics of the power metal genre, I find the two albums prior to this compilation, 'Burnt Offerings' and 'The Dark Saga' to be hugely disappointing.

The honest truth is that I just prefer the original recordings. Gene Adam and John Greely's voices suited their material better, especially with the overall sound and production of their respective albums. I find all the new arrangements uninspiring, and more often than not, where Matt Barlow has recorded new vocal lines, I find his ones don't really suit the music as well as his predecessors.

It's not all bad though, I mean, Iced Earth still release some outstanding music, and even though they're not as good as the originals, the songs here are still decent efforts. 'Iced Earth', 'When the Night Falls', 'Angels Holocaust', 'Burnt Offerings' and 'Colors' are among some of the bands best works, as well as a reworked version of 'Written on the Walls' titled 'Cast in Stone' (though I'd stick to the original, myself).

Ultimately, 'Days of Purgatory' is a mostly irrelevant release. Personally I'd recommend the original versions of all these songs. And thankfully, judging by later compilations, these recordings are somewhat "non-canon", so they've not really replaced the originals, but merely become novelty re-recordings for fans and collectors.

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